Interviews

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What Toyota and the Green Berets have in common

INTERVIEW - What do the United States Army’s Special Forces unit and Toyota have in common? To find out, we spoke to the Green Berets’ former Director of Training at the LEI summit in New Orleans.
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Every lean implementation is different

INTERVIEW - Eric Ethington shares what he has learned about lean thinking implementations during his 30-year career holding positions at General Motors, Delphi and Textron.
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ABN AMRO on its lean program

INTERVIEW - Ahead of this year’s Dutch Lean Summit on April 13-15, host ABN AMRO’s Arlene Bosman, until recently Head of Continuous Improvement, tells us what to look forward to.
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Spotify proves the hierarchical organization is an old tune

VIDEO INTERVIEW – Hierarchical organization, goodbye! Embracing servant leadership and a horizontal reporting structure, Spotify is redefining the idea of company.
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Tom and Mary Poppendieck on what makes a business successful

INTERVIEW – Tom and Mary Poppendieck sit down with Roberto Priolo and discuss what makes product organizations successful today and where lean software development is headed.
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PL interviews Jeff Sutherland, one of the inventors of scrum

VIDEO INTERVIEW - Planet Lean speaks with Jeff Sutherland, one of the inventors of scrum software development, about the evolution of this Agile framework and its relationship with lean.
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How lean principles changed me as a CIO

VIDEO INTERVIEW - How does the behaviour of a CIO change when lean IT is embraced? At November's Lean IT Summit, we spoke with Sari Torkkola of Finnish defence company Patria.
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Womack and Jones: the fathers of lean thinking interviewed

VIDEO INTERVIEW - At last month's UK Lean Summit, we sat down with Dan Jones and Jim Womack, founding fathers of lean thinking, to discuss the evolution, current state and future of the methodology.
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Amazon Web Services’ scalable infrastructure for lean IT

VIDEO INTERVIEW - At the Lean IT Summit, we spoke with Amazon Web Services to understand what type of flexible and scalable IT infrastructure allows organizations to be innovative without breaking the bank.
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Dave Brunt shares the highlights of this year’s UK summit

VIDEO INTERVIEW - Roberto Priolo speaks with Dave Brunt, CEO of Lean Enterprise Academy, at last month's lean summit in the UK. They discuss lean in retail and the increased interest in lean in the public sector.

The application of lean IT at Toyota Motor Europe

VIDEO INTERVIEW - We spoke with Toyota Motor Europe's CIO at the Lean IT Summit about hoshin and IT, the application of the agile methodology, and the power of coaching.
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Lean thinking at General Motors do Brasil

INTERVIEW – We speak with Sérgio Caracciolo of General Motors do Brasil about the carmaker’s approach to lean, its struggles, and its lessons learned.
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How to use lean UX principles

INTERVIEW - In our search for the perfect solution, we often seem to ignore the user's needs. Jeff Gothelf explains why this is nonsense and what lies at the heart of the Lean UX software development methodology.

How to transform product development with lean management principles

INTERVIEW - We caught up with LEI’s Senior Advisor, Jim Morgan after his plenary talk at the Lean Summit in São Paulo last month and got him to answer a few questions about product development and lean management.

How lean thinking changed an automotive supplier in Brazil

INTERVIEW - Lean manufacturing principles, successful training programs and the involvement of management in daily continuous improvement are transforming Brazilian automotive supplier ZEN.

Education: how lean is taught

INTERVIEW - Planet Lean speaks with Constantin May, Academic Director of the CEPTM institute at Germany’s Ansbach University, which organized the first Lean Educator Conference in Europe in co-operation with LGN.

The state of lean construction

INTERVIEW – Brian Swain, Director of the Lean Construction Institute UK, has supported some of the largest construction projects in Britain, including London’s Olympic Village. Here he talks about the evolution of lean in the industry.

Interview: José Roberto Ferro

VIDEO INTERVIEW - José Ferro, President of Lean Institute Brasil, speaks with Roberto Priolo about the challenges and opportunities for the lean movement in the South American country.